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Wasserman Schultz condemns wave of anti-Semitism and bomb threats, says President Donald Trump needs to do more

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:20:00 PST

Days ago, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, invited two rabbis, a law enforcement official and a mother to join her in speaking out against a rising tide of anti-Semitism in South Florida and across the nation.

As they gathered Monday morning, the issue became more personal and dramatic:...


Sunrise seeks state help to avoid 'tsunami of traffic'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:45:00 PST

Sunrise is running into a roadblock as it plans to transform the area surrounding the county’s hockey arena into an entertainment mecca.

“We are facing a tsunami of traffic,” Mayor Mike Ryan said. “We need improvements.”

Traffic is bad now and will only get worse if the corridor surrounding Sawgrass...


Car stolen from Pines involved in fiery fatal crash in Miami-Dade, cops say

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:17:00 PST

One person was killed when a car stolen from Pembroke Pines slammed into their car sending it crashing into a business and bursting into flames, Miami-Dade police say.

Early Tuesday the charred wreckage of both vehicles, one of them overturned, could be seen outside an Opa-locka transmission business.


Rothstein ally gets punishment cut; ex-partner Rosenfeldt nears freedom

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 PST

Broward County man who admitted he fed more than $20 million to Scott Rothstein's massive Ponzi scheme had his prison term reduced last week at the request of prosecutors.

Frank Prevé, 73, of Coral Springs, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in 2014. 

Senior U.S. District...


Huge sinkhole opens near Davie Boulevard

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:00:00 PST

The sinkhole didn’t swallow anybody or anything.  But it was large enough to easily fit several full-sized adults inside.

The sinkhole that was spotted early Monday along Southwest 24th Avenue’s frontage road, just north of Davie Boulevard, happened after a 6-inch water pipe below ground broke,...


Threat to Jewish school in Davie a hoax, officials say

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:20:00 PST

A bomb threat that shut down the campus of the Jewish Community Center in Davie on Monday was ultimately deemed to be a hoax, officials said.

Davie Sgt. Mark Leone said the threat, just before 9:30 a.m., shut down the JCC campus at 5850 S. Pine Island Rd., which also houses the David Posnack Jewish...


Cars destroyed in parking lot fire

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:10:00 PST

At least one car and an SUV were destroyed and other vehicles damaged when a car in a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex parking lot caught fire and burned.

A call shortly before 2 a.m. Monday indicated that one car was on fire at 2550 NW 39th Way and flames were quickly spreading to other vehicles...


50 years after murders, teenage killer to return to Broward courtroom

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:00:00 PST

Leon Holston was a convicted killer before he turned 15. Reform school didn’t help him. And within two years he was on death row, blamed for the deaths of three more Pompano Beach children.

Today, more than 50 years later, Holston has a chance at freedom, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling barring...


Three people killed when car hits bus shelter, bursts into flames in Hollywood

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:50:00 PST

Three people were killed early Sunday when a car careened into a bus shelter and burst into flames, Hollywood police said. 

The fiery 6:36 a.m. crash at Hollywood Boulevard and North 35th Avenue involved two cars, one of which “was speeding westbound on Hollywood Boulevard and crashed into a turning...


First Pride Fort Lauderdale of the Trump era: 'Many of us are scared'

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:15:00 PST

Up to 25,000 people were expected Sunday at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park for the 40th annual Pride Fort Lauderdale celebration, according to organizers.

The festival was scheduled to kick off at noon with remarks from local officials and DJ Wendy Hunt.

The weather was expected to be ideal. The forecast...


Fort Lauderdale tries to figure out how to save its history

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:00:00 PST

Growth is putting a squeeze on the city’s past.

Preservationists want to step in before much of the city’s history is lost to redevelopment. They’ve identified scores of older buildings to be designated as historic, which limits the changes that could be made to the structures.

But owners of those...


South Florida father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen wants answers, report says

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:25:00 PST

A little more than 24 hours after six officers in dress uniform knocked on the door to Bill Owens’ home in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, he was at Dover Air Force Base as his son  William “Ryan” Owens was carried from a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket.

Owens cringed at the thought of having...


Lawyer: Muhammad Ali's son stopped, questioned at Fort Lauderdale airport

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:05:00 PST

Being born in Philadelphia the son of a world-famous heavyweight fighter wasn’t enough to get Muhammad Ali Jr. past federal officials who detained him Feb. 7 for nearly two hours at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, according to a lawyer.

Chris Mancini, a Fort Lauderdale attorney, said that Ali, 44, and...


DNA may bolster officer's choking claim in Seth Adams shooting trial

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:00:00 PST

Seth Adams’ DNA was likely part of a sample found on the neck of an undercover officer he’s accused of choking before being shot in 2012, jurors learned Monday.

But it’s not possible to say whether the DNA came from skin left by an attempted choking, blood from a gunshot wound or even saliva from...


Wildlife officials investigating whether men harassed two panther cubs

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 PST

Federal and state wildlife officials are investigating the authenticity of a video that shows a man harassing a pair of endangered panther cubs, an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed Friday.

The video shows a man holding up two panther cubs and was posted last week on YouTube....


Authorities seek gunman in shooting outside North Lauderdale convenience store

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:35:00 PST

Authorities are searching for the gunman responsible for a shooting in front of a Kwik Stop in North Lauderdale on Thursday.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were called around 5:30 p.m. to the store, 7120 Kimberly Blvd. When they arrived, they found Renver Lopez, 21, of Fort Lauderdale, on the...


Rapper Brisco pleads guilty to fake cash, identity theft and fraud charges

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:45:00 PST

South Florida rap artist Brisco pleaded guilty in federal court in Miami on Friday to charges of selling fake currency and committing identity theft and fraud.

Brisco, whose real name is British Mitchell, is likely facing 4 ½ to 5 years in federal prison when he is sentenced in May, his lawyer...


Suspect in synagogue bomb plot expected to be competent for trial soon

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:30:00 PST

The Broward County man charged with plotting to bomb a synagogue in Aventura in April should soon be found legally competent to stand trial, his lawyers said on Friday. 

James Gonzalo Medina, 40, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and began taking a prescription anti-psychotic medication...


$150K Maserati disappears during 'test drive,' cops say

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

A test drive of a $150,000 luxury sports car went bad after a salesman was duped into leaving the car and leaving its engine running, police said.

As of Friday, the 2016 Maserati GranTurismo was still missing, according to Boca Raton police. However, the man accused of stealing it is not missing....


Lighthouse Point student wins $10,000 on 'Jeopardy!'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:20:00 PST

The answer: She won $10,000 and almost became a finalist.

The question: How well did college student Mari Hanley of Lighthouse Point do on the "Jeopardy!" College Championship?

Hanley, 20, a junior at Stetson University in DeLand, was one of 15 students nationwide who competed last month in the...


Plantation man killed after car plunges into canal off I-75

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:20:00 PST

A woman and her child were saved after a car drove off Interstate 75 in Broward and landed in a canal, but the car’s driver died, the Florida Highway Patrol said. 

Hassan Razi Ali, 51, of Plantation was killed in the crash that happened just after 11:40 p.m. Thursday when the Toyota Camry he was...


Sailor arrested in Broward County on desertion charge

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:40:00 PST

A U.S. Navy sailor has been jailed in Broward County, accused of deserting her post after having a baby last summer.

Police arrested Ana Lucia Gnecco, 24, in Hollywood on Wednesday on behalf of the federal government. Her daughter, Kori Rowe, was born in August, Gnecco’s father said Thursday.



Fourth person arrested in teen's fatal shooting in Lauderhill

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:30:00 PST

A fourth person has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old during what police say was a drug deal gone bad in Lauderhill.

Police on Thursday announced that Randy Lamar Barnes, 28, had been arrested in Key West in connection with the Jan. 28 death of Antonio Neeley in the parking lot...


3 South Florida beaches among top 25 in country, TripAdvisor says

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:25:00 PST

Two beaches in Broward and one in Miami-Dade County are ranked among the top 25 beaches in the nation as ranked by the travel-ratings website, TripAdvisor.

The beach in Hollywood cracks the top 10 with its number six ranking and Fort Lauderdale’s beach is just outside that  — ranked at number 11....


South Florida schools vow to protect transgender students

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:13:00 PST

South Florida’s transgender students will not notice a difference when they use restrooms or locker rooms at public schools, despite recent federal changes.

President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday withdrew an unenforced policy issued last May by the Obama administration that directed public...